Tapping Into Anger

Tapping Into Anger

Have you ever noticed how once you state something it seems to become more concrete? For instance, when you say, “That makes me so mad!” the minute those words leave your tongue you can feel your anger level rise a notch or two on the “anger meter.” Sin is birthed in the heart (James 1:14–15), but a destructive floodgate is opened once the mouth lets loose to pour out the heart’s...

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Giving the Candidates a Communication Filter

Giving the Candidates a Communication Filter

It is sad, when watching a Presidential debate becomes a dangerous activity for our children. When the “adults” on the screen are using words you don’t want children to pick up, it’s time to turn off the television. And it’s time to pray. The Presidential candidates may not realize it, but Scripture provides an excellent guideline for communication: Let no unwholesome word...

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A New Way to Communicate

A New Way to Communicate

We’ve been studying the book of Colossians and as we’re working our way through chapter three, Paul is pouring out instructions and in this section he challenges us in how we are communicating with others: “But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil...

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Slanderers Don’t Typically Ask Your Forgiveness

Slanderers Don’t Typically Ask Your Forgiveness

When we stopped at the local diner to grab a quick lunch, we weren’t expecting to witness a prisoner being set free. We had no idea that we’d see repentance. We weren’t expecting humility to show up over chips and salsa. We’ve all experienced it: the destructive force of gossip. Slander knows no bounds. It can ruin reputations, destroy public trust, and rob the good name of a man of...

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Powerfully Bold or Just Obnoxious?

Powerfully Bold or Just Obnoxious?

  The woman at the table beside me was loud in her slam. “No thank you, I’m a Christian!” The waiter looked a little stunned by her intensity and mumbled something indiscernible as he backed away from the table. I felt embarrassed. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not embarrassed to share my faith, to identify myself as a Christian, or to explain the gospel to people. But I am embarrassed...

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